If the sight of this egg-with-lips makes you do a double-take, don’t worry; it is odd.
The Kissenger is a device meant to bring a bit of comfort to those who are far from their loved ones. It presents a strange appearance with a pair of lips stuck to what looks like an ostrich egg, but the Kissenger is capable of sending virtual kisses to whoever you like.
The wireless device was revealed in June at the Designing Interactive Systems conference in Newcastle, U.K. When kissed, the pressure-sensitive pair of lips is able to replicate kissing motions in real-time, and transmit the changing shape and pressure of your lips to the device held by your significant other. When you kiss this egg, with a bit of imagination, it can seem like distance is no barrier.
The device is still in the prototype phase. Its inventors recognise and acknowledge that, yes, it is a bit ‘creepy’. Hooman Samani of Singapore-based Lovotics (who created the Kissenger) says, “The main aim is to improve long-distance relationships. We’ve taken several steps to minimise the creepiness.”
“People have found it a very positive way to improve intimacy in communications with their partners when they are apart.”
So when you take your next business trip across the world, will you be taking the Kissenger with you?